Real Madrid and Barcelona will not send club representatives to attend the “urgent” meeting of LaLiga’s Extraordinary General Assembly scheduled in Dubai next week, the Spanish giants said on Wednesday.
Real said in a statement that they were only notified of the general assembly – which will be held “urgently” on December 7 in Dubai – last Friday. The meeting, added Real, was convened to address important changes to the statutes and internal regulations of LaLiga.
Real said they were also told that LaLiga would provide the club’s representatives and companions with adequate transport and accommodation to facilitate attendance at the meeting.
“We consider the call illegal, as the clubs are called more than 5,000 kilometers from the headquarters of LaLiga,” said Real.
“It is totally unjustifiable to address in this impromptu and urgent manner, without proper debate and calm analysis, the relevant modifications of LaLiga’s internal regulations.”
LaLiga has been contacted by Reuters for comment.
Real said it was “totally inappropriate” and “deeply inconsistent” for LaLiga to commit to bringing more than 100 people to the United Arab Emirates, when it could be held at its headquarters without incurring extraordinary costs.
“Real will not send a representative to Dubai… and regrets having to react to the irresponsible actions of the president of LaLiga, which have an unjustifiable economic cost and harm the image and reputation of Spanish football.”
Meanwhile, Barça has said that its position has always been to reach consensual agreements after having examined the issue in a coherent manner and respecting all positions.
“For this reason, we do not believe it is the right time to travel to Dubai for an event that could take place at LaLiga headquarters,” the club said in a statement.
“Once again we show our opposition to any form of action that we consider harmful to the rights and interests of Barcelona.”